UN passes judgment on Buhari’s government
The United Nations Information Centre in Nigeria, UNIC, has accused the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government of injustice in its dealings with women.
UNIC Lagos Director, Ronald Kayanja, who made this known yesterday at the United Nations International Women’s Day celebration, organised by a coalition of non-governmental organizations in Lagos lamented that, women have a poorer representation in Buhari’s led government than in past administrations.
Kayanja said, “Of particular concern to the UN is the political will to implement the Nigeria National Gender Policy, which commits to affirmative action and requires that women fill 35 percent of appointed positions.
“Regrettably, we are far from the target presently. For instance, in the current National Assembly, women representation is at its lowest with only 5.6 per cent of the members of the House of Representatives and 6.5 per cent of the Senators being women,” the UN said.
The discontentment is coming at a time the daughter of the National Leader of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Ashiwaju Bola Tinubu, took Buhari to the cleaners over non-inclusion of market women in his government.
Tinubu’s daughter, Folasade Tinubu-Ojo was reported to have led hundreds of market women to the APC National Secretariat in Abuja protesting that the market women all over the country are not happy with President Buhari and the APC-led government.
She said, “I am here this afternoon to represent market women and men of Nigeria. There has been agitations, not even agitation of allegation, the people believed that the government of the day is not carrying them along as it should be, that they worked round the clock for the party during the electioneering campaign, but after the inauguration most of us are not carried along.
“We only hear on the news that the First Lady is doing a programme this and that, and we just see it on the news and they wouldn’t allow me be, all the complaints come to my table morning and night.
“I say okay, enough is enough, we even heard that another FCT woman leader that is organising another market association and named it Association of Organised Market People in Abuja and most of these people are PDP, they were nowhere to be found when we are working for the party day and night.
“Now our people are not happy, because they need to benefit from where they believe they have the right to and all we need, all we are crying for is for the government to give them sense of belonging and carry them along properly.
“I am a leader and as a leader my people are crying foul and I won’t fold my hands and keep quite, because my father is a national leader, it is wrong.
“I am not mobilizing against the party, no, I am solidly behind the party, I have worked for the party before and I will still work for the party tomorrow, but that does not stop me from saying the truth,” Tinubu’s daughter said.
Currently, only six women have so far been appointed in the cabinet of the President which negates UN’s 35 percent affirmation for women.